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When snowfall is heavy, the snow leopard is known to descend to lower elevations and frequent mountain slopes whose conditions also are favorable to the leopard's prey, such as the markor.


whose conditions also are favorable to

where there are also favorable conditions to

where they also have conditions favorable to

with favorable conditions, as well, to

having conditions favorable also for

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When snowfall is heavy, the snow leopard is known to descend to lower elevations and frequent mountain slopes whose conditions also are favorable to the leopard's prey, such as the markor.


whose conditions also are favorable to

where there are also favorable conditions to

where they also have conditions favorable to

with favorable conditions, as well, to

having conditions favorable also for

OA and OE after three responses



My take on the Q is..
whose conditions also are favorable to
this means that the snow leopard can differentiate in the slopes and frequents those which are favourable to its prey. NOT likely the intended meaning..
even if this is the intended meaning , the placement of 'also ' is not correct


where there are also favorable conditions to
the best possible although ' which also provides favourable condition to' would have been better

where they also have conditions favorable to
'they ' is not clear..

with favorable conditions, as well, to
same as A

having conditions favorable also for
same as A

if the intended meaning is as specified in A... A wouod be closest but with placement of 'also' after 'are'
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Agree with my predecessor.

The pronoun "whose" can modify either people or things. Lower elevations and frequent mountain slopes are 2 locations, so we would be better off with the pronoun "where," leaving us with option B or C. Between the two, B is better as in C "they" is wrong. It is clear, though, that "they" refers to leopards, however, the noun in the preceding clause is in singular form.

Can't explain why D is wrong, never really understood where and when can one use the pronoun "with," so someone kindly share his/her take on this.

E is wrong as we clearly need a pronoun.

B is not great, but the best.
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I also think A is the most appropriate. What is "whose" modifying in A?

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IMO B is correct
Although A is also close.
eliminated it because of placement of also
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Creating a filter: as we read the original sentence, we keep an eye on the placement of the word "also." But that placement could be correct, if the intended meaning is that the lower elevations, in addition to the upper elevations, have conditions favorable to the markor. We'll have to look for defects in the other choices and come back to (A).

Finding objective defects: choice (B) is defective in that "favorable" and "to" are separated by the word "conditions," violating the idiomatic usage of "favorable." Choice (B) is out. Choice (C) introduces a pronoun with no reference, "they," so it's out. Choice (D) has the same problem as (B), so it's out. Choice (E) has an idiomatic error, since "favorable for" is not proper usage. We are left with one choice. The correct answer is (A).
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So in no circumstance are we allowed to put a word "condition" between "favourable" and "to?"
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I have heard of split infinitives being considered an error, although I do not know whether necessarily because of bad grammar or because of poor style. Infinitive is = to + verb
Example: to sing merrily is ok,
to merrily sing is split infinitive – wrong
to bid aggressively is ok
to aggressively bid is split infinitive. – wrong.
But favorable …. to is not an infinitive. It is just a prepositional phrase. Prepositional phrase = preposition + a noun or noun phrase. I haven’t heard of any such error as a split prepositional phrase at least in GMAT.
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